FAQs for the Rugby World Cup 2023

Looking for information about the Rugby World Cup 2023? We’ve got you covered. We have the answers to all your burning questions about getting the best experience through the tournament.

Which stadiums are hosting the Rugby World Cup in France 2023?

Nine stadiums will be playing host to matches during the World Cup: Groupama/OL Stadium in Lyon, Stade Allianz Riviera in Nice, Stade Atlantique Bordeaux, Stade de France in Saint-Denis, Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes, Stadium de Toulouse, Stade Geoffroy Guichard in Saint-Étienne, Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille and, finally, Stade Vélodrome, Marseille.

Check out our guides to all of the stadiums, their capacities and how to get there.

What’s the biggest stadium in the Rugby World Cup in France?

Of the great venues where the Rugby World Cup will be held in France, Stade de France is the biggest, with a capacity of 81,338 spectators. The next biggest is Stade Vélodrome which seats 67,394 people.

Which cities are hosting the Rugby World Cup in France?

Nine lucky cities will play host to the games, and the fans, through the season: Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Nice, Saint-Denis (near Paris), Saint-Étienne and Toulouse.

Where is the most central location to stay for the Rugby World Cup 2023?

This will depend on which matches you are planning to attend. Paris is a safe bet, as it is where the finale of the tournament is taking place and is extremely well-connected to the rest of France. However, to personalise your trip to your match schedule, try our itinerary planner!

Where’s the cheapest place to stay for the Rugby World Cup in France?

Nice, Marseille and Lyon are consistently ranked amongst France’s most affordable holiday destinations, and it stands to reason they will also be a good choice for a budget-friendly rugby tour, too. If you’re keen to economise on your accommodation you could also consider camping or caravanning for a portion of your trip (or all of it, if you’re feeling adventurous!)

Where should I stay for the final of the Rugby World Cup in France 2023?

The final matches of the tournament will all be held at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, so Paris or Saint-Denis are the obvious choices if you want to stay nearby. If Paris prices are a little out of budget, why not try somewhere like Chantilly or Chartres, both of which are within a short distance of the capital?

When does the 2023 Rugby World Cup start?

The first game of the tournament will kick off on the 8th September 2023, with France and New Zealand facing off at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis.